Veterans Day Message from Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Dear LACCD Colleagues,
Please join me in taking time on this Veterans Day, November 11, to thank and celebrate the brave men and women of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for their valor and sacrifices in service to our country and the protection of our freedoms. It is likely that you have a family member, loved one, neighbor or friend who has proudly served and deserves our recognition.
By law, Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11, specifically at 11 a.m., in recognition of “Armistice Day” that noted the cessation of fighting during World War I at the “Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month” in 1918. In 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that merged Armistice Day into Veterans Day to honor all former, active and future military service members. Unfortunately, many of the traditional Veterans Day ceremonies and parades honoring our military members have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but their sacrifices will not be forgotten and instead will be celebrated this year online.
The Los Angeles Community College District has a proud history of educational service to our Veterans and active military. Each college provides a Veterans Resource Center for financial aid, counseling and other special services for more than 3,000 student-veterans that we proudly serve each year.
On November 4, the District’s Board of Trustees passed a Resolution honoring our Veterans. Please see link below for the full Resolution and links to other important resources. We are grateful for our Veterans and student-veterans and we thank them for their selfless service to our country and for answering the call to duty.